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the european union to reverse its ban on snus-- a ban imposed in 1992, before the latest studies showing its harm reduction impact. >> thank you. >> back in indiana, r.j. reynolds is test marketing its latest generation of smokeless products, camel dissolvables-- tobacco in the shape of little brown tablets called orbs or strips or sticks that literally melt in your mouth. they pack a punch of nicotine equal to as much as two cigarettes. karla sneegas thinks r.j. reynolds is making dissolvables specifically for teenagers-- a charge the company denies. you pulled together a group of high school students to discuss orbs. what did they tell you? >> one, it looks like candy. and who is candy made for? who's attracted to candy? we are, kids. >> the students noted that camel orbs look a lot like the candy tic tacs, even have the same minty taste, and can be used to circumvent tobacco bans in schools. its frustrating, says sneegas, since smoking bans have been successful in getting people to give up cigarettes. >> more smokers do quit. they cut back drastically. >> they're shamed. >> and, you know,
the use of phthalates. the european union and at least 14 other countries have banned some phthalates in children's toys. in this country, california put into effect a total ban on the use of phthalates in toys intended for children under the age of 3. and on the national level, the environmental protection agency is working on new rules regarding phthalates that they hope to issue sometime in 2011 with the actual changes becoming law in 2012. among the possible modifications is a total ban on certain phthalates. in our next story, we'll discover why part of what makes you unique may actually belong to someone else, when 60 minutes on cnbc returns. to the best vacation spot on earth. (all) the gulf! it doesn't matter which of our great states folks visit. mississippi, alabama, louisiana or florida, they're gonna love it. shaul, your alabama hospitality is incredible. thanks, karen. love your mississippi outdoors. i vote for your florida beaches, dawn. bill, this louisiana seafood is delicious. we're having such a great year on the gulf, we've decided to put aside our rivalry. now is t
... >> the unions. >> what they have the right to do, what they don't have the right to do, and so on and so. i mean, in america, people work. >> and that's it. >> and that's it. >> zlotkin thinks the shorter work weeks and long vacations are highly overrated. what about the argument that in france people have more leisure time, more time to enjoy themselves, the art of conversation, the long lunches? >> i think it's a nice image. i'm not sure it's true. what is--what is-- what is sure is that statistically since the 35 hours, people are staying longer in front of their tv. >> people are spending more time on front of their television? >> and, you know, also it's very nice to have more free time. but you must also have the money to be able to take advantage of this free time. >> ironically, some american companies, rather than being scared off by the lavish vacations and limited work weeks, are investing heavily in france. from microsoft to motorola, some 3,000 american companies have crossed the atlantic, providing more than half a million french jobs. americans at home may still be eating freedom
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